This concert grew out of two poems on peace and fraternity.
The first, An die Freude (Ode to Joy) by Friedrich von Schiller (1785), which Beethoven discovered enthralled when he was 20 years old. The Ninth is a project that the composer completed after years of work and over two hundred revisions. The result is one of the symphonies that has surpassed the category of sound to become a musical icon with its own life.
The second, Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth), written by Swiss writer Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825-1898). Schönberg began to set this poem to music in 1906, constructing a work for solo choir just when his musical language was evolving beyond traditional harmony. Even the choirs most accustomed to modern music found it difficult to sing and the composer created a discreet orchestral accompaniment. Written in peace time, when he was resting in Frankfurt in 1923, conducted by Hermann Scherchen, Schönberg told his colleague: “Friede auf Erden is an illusion, for mixed choir, a possible illusion when I composed it and harmony between human beings was possible... Since then, I have become afraid and I have seen that peace on Earth is only possible if we take great care over it, as is the case with harmony”.
Arnold Schönberg: Friede auf Erden, op. 13
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sinfonía nº. 9, op. 125
The Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre
Josep Pons, conductor
Julia Bauer, soprano
Nadine Weissmann, mezzosoprano
Mikhail Vekua, tenor
Attila Jun, bass
The Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu have made a outstanding contribution to the Liceu's history and reputation. During the 2012-2013 season they have also been invited to perform at L'Auditori de Barcelona, where they will take part in two major concerts conducted respectively by their own new resident conductor, Joan Pons, and by the resident conductor of the OBC (Barcelona Symphony and Catalan National Orchestra), Pablo González. At one concert the Orchestra and Chorus will perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony; at the other the chorus of the Liceu will join the OBC and the Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem to mark the bi-centenary of the composer's birth.
In collaboration with
Next Concerts: April 2013, Requiem G. Verdi